Branden Smith: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Former Georgia CB

Ryan HeidrichCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2013

Branden Smith: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Former Georgia CB

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    Branden Smith is one of the top athletes in the entire NFL draft. The former Georgia Bulldog has the ability to play both sides of the ball. Smith was rated as the second-best corner when he came out of high school. At Georgia he did not disappoint, finishing off a respectable career. 

    Smith will be a mid- to late-round selection but has the athleticism to excel at the next level. Here are five things that you need to know about Branden Smith as the draft approaches. 

Background

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    Full Name: Branden Smith

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. 

    High School: Booker T. Washington High School

    Birthday: 12-19-1989 

    Major: Housing

    Year: Senior 

    Smith stayed at home for college after an outstanding prep career at Booker T. Washington High School, where he was a Georgia ESPN Rise Gatorade Player of the Year. Smith also collected a 2008 Parade Magazine All-American selection following his senior year. 

Statistics

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    2010: 2 INT, 10 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 17 total tackles

    2011: 2 INT, 16 solo tackles, 8 assisted tackles, 24 total tackles 

    2012: 0 INT, 18 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 25 total tackles 

    Branden Smith had an interception drop-off his final year in Athens. While he didn't record an interception, he led the team with nine pass breakups. This type of play is what has NFL scouts high on Smith. 

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 172 lbs

    Arm Length: 30 5/8" 

    Hand Size: 9" 

     

    Pro day Results

    40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds

    Broad Jump: 10'8" 

    Vertical Jump: 34" 

    While Branden Smith's size will not blow you away, it is his athleticism that will help get him drafted. He was not invited to the NFL combine, but his 40-yard dash would have found its way into the top 10 at the combine. Smith can flat out fly and will get drafted mainly because of this. 

     

    Results found at redandblack.com.

Interesting Facts

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    - Played offense, defense and special teams his freshman year at Georgia. 

    - Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

    - Recipient of the Frank G. Lumpkin Football Scholarship. 

    - Recipient of the Paul and June Martin Football Scholarship.

    - Arrested for marijuana possession in 2012.   

Observations

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    "Doesn't look imposing, measuring in at just 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, but he might have been the best athlete on the defensive squad at the Shrine Game." - CBS 

    "He has the speed to stay with receivers downfield and the explosive quickness to burst in any direction. Versatile athlete who has seen time in the backfield and as a return man." - CBS

    "During position drills, Smith showed solid footwork and had very few miscues. Overall, Smith should have no problem getting at least an opportunity at the next level." - redandblack.com 

    "Branden Smith has been doing his best to stand out to coaches and scouts watching practice for the East-West Shrine Game and he feels confident he's had a good week. The Georgia cornerback has made some nice plays in practice and he feels confident he's managed to stand out on a field of talented athletes." - Scout.com